Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed how Nabil Fekir reacted after his move to Liverpool fell through – and says the France star could yet stay at Lyon.
Fekir was expected to be unveiled as Liverpool’s second signing of the summer earlier in the month after having a medical with the Premier League club.
Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Fekir and the player even conducted an interview with Liverpool’s club website before the deal hit a stumbling block.
Liverpool, who signed Fabinho from Monaco last month, were said to be concerned about a knee injury that Fekir suffered back in 2015.
The 24-year-old was believed to be delighted at the prospect of joining Liverpool, but Lyon’s president says he was ‘very calm’ after realising the deal was off. Aulas also claimed Fekir could sign a new deal at Lyon and commit his future to the Ligue 1 outfit.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, he said: ‘I spoke with Nabil Fékir the day after the night when we decided to stop negotiations with Liverpool. ‘He was very calm. I immediately said to him that if he wanted to stay, we could do an extension.
‘I’ve said it before, we don’t need to sell. We have the capacity to keep Fékir. The current plan is to let nobody leave to have the best team possible and to make signings as previously planned.’
Despite the proposed £52million move to Liverpool falling through, Fekir will remain the subject of much speculation until the summer transfer window closes.
The Reds have recently been linked with a £40m move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish. They will also look to sign a replacement for Emre Can, who completed his switch to Juventus last week.